Published: Sun, November 12, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

IT raids 187 sites linked to VK Sasikala, kin

IT raids 187 sites linked to VK Sasikala, kin

However, such raids on establishments and properties owned by Sasikala, who was a close aide of former CM Jayalalithaa, were unheard of in the past. The raids are underway following reports of tax evasion by the channel. In addition, raids were also conducted at the premises of AIADMK's Tamil Daily Namadhu MGR.

Income Tax officials on Thursday launched a massive search operation at 187 places connected to jailed AIADMK leader VK Sasikala and her family members, including her nephew TTV Dhinakaran over suspected tax evasion and money laundering through shell companies. The raid was conducted in connection with the disproportionate assets that Sasikala and AIADMK leaders allegedly possessed. In Tiruchy, raids are on in a residence owned by Dhinakaran's relative and three other houses.

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Dhinakaran said that the I-T raids were prompted by his recent attack against the Centre on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's demonetisation decision.

There were 187 homes, offices and farmhouses to be searched, say officials, and not almost enough official vehicles.

Sources in the IT department say that there were complaints about shell companies, dubious investments, fund flow and fudging of accounts by Jaya TV, started by former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and now controlled by the family of Sasikala. Individuals and companies linked to Sasikala's family are accused of massing enormous wealth in the past year.

In August, the merged factions of EPS and OPS had passed a resolution stating that legal procedures will be initiated to retrieve and attach party mouthpieces - Jaya TV and Namadhu MGR.

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